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Seems I remember earlier this year that GM was no longer offering their "Restoration Kit" free for the asking and was charging something like $50 for them now. Anyone ordered one since March or April of 2009 and have had to pay for it and, if so, how much?
 

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Considering the "restoration kit" I got back circa '00 wasn't that impressive, I sure as heck wouldn't PAY for it now.
I agree. Way more useful info right here on TC and Dale's site than GM provided.
 

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I have the same question Zak has--what GM restoration kit are you talking about? (And I also agree that the Team Chevelle Forum is invaluable.) Thanks!
 

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What is a GM restoration kit?
I have the same question Zak has--what GM restoration kit are you talking about? (And I also agree that the Team Chevelle Forum is invaluable.) Thanks!
The "kit" is basically photocopied paperwork, specs, some data brochures, etc. for a given model year. Not all years included the same information. They generally show tables of paint colors vs. interior color, vinyl/convertible top colors and stripe colors associated with paint colors. Specs on driveline, wheels, tires, rear axle, engine components (not codes, just specs), options and what model they can be ordered on, driveline combinations (what rear end gear came standard with what engine/trans combo) standard interior/exterior appointments for the various series (300/300 Deluxe/Malibu/SS396/etc.), sometimes weights, dimensions, this kind of stuff. Sometimes they'd include El Camino and wagon stuff but not always.

They weren't always as complete as one would like and were a snapshot in time, usually early in the model year so things like 67 L78s aren't mentioned.

It used to be you could call the customer assistance hotline (800-222-1020), give them a valid VIN and they'd send you the "kit" for free and didn't even charge for mailing. Here's where El Camino and/or wagon stuff might not be included if you give a Malibu VIN - sometimes El Camino "kits" were different in their own right and you'd have to give them an El Camino VIN to get that data. I have various "kits" for 66-72 Chevelles and even one for a 74 Corvette I owned some time back.
 

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Some of the specs are pretty informative, such as different tire options and the ever-debated F40 HD susp option. For instance 12 bolt was included with F40 if not already incl, even with a 6 cyl.
 

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Be sure to let us know if they're charging for the kits now or if they're still free...please. Thank you. :thumbsup:
Yes, please do. I called sometime last year and a friendly young lady took my info and sent it to me for free. That package was huge.
 

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(800) 462-5543 EXT. 163

This is the number they gave me for GM restoration kit requests.

They cost $50 as of March of last year.

Bummer. :(
 

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I just called and was transfered to the Heritage Center. A gruff old man answered the phone and wanted 50 bucks.:)
 

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With GM being broke I am not suprised they charge for everything.
 

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The tax payers gave them enough money for a bankruptcy that was 70% GMs own fault.I would not pay them 50 bucks for the kit either !
 

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I wouldn't pay for it. I have one from GM when they were free. What a waste.
 
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